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Samson and Delilah
The Story of Samson and Delilah is an allegory of the power of a woman to break the spiritual links that Samson had. It takes its symbolism form the symbolism of hair.
In Judges 16:4-5, Delilah is approached by the powerful Philistine lords who order her to help them. In Judges 16:6-14. Delilah tries to find out the secret of Samson’s strength. He evades her questions, and gives her three false answers.
But in Judges 16:15-17, she finds out the truth, that Samson was dedicated to God before he was born.
The name Samson means ‘the sun’ and the sun is symbolic of the creator and the creative spirit. Thus Samson is personified creative spirit’ and his strength comes from his direct links with the Creator via his figurative hair [it is all an allegory anyway].
Delilah’s name actually means ‘night’ – Laylah – a sort of temptation.
Judges 16:18-21 describes how Delilah orders a servant to cut off Samson’s hair while he slept. And so by doing this she cuts off his links to the spiritual world. His ‘strength’ is reduced.